Politico, an NBC-owned website, hailed Jerry Brown as “President of the Independent State of California” after his visit to the Vatican in which he described the current state of the world as ending in an apocalypse.
Brown described floods and fires, famine and war.
Some participants found themselves “in despair” at Brown’s description of the world following the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.
More fiction from Politico:
On his way to the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany, this week, Jerry Brown stopped over at the Vatican, where a doleful group of climate scientists, politicians and public health officials had convened to discuss calamities that might befall a warming world.
The prospects were so dire—floods and fires, but also forced migration, famine and war—that some of the participants acknowledged difficulty staving off despair.
California’s doomsayer governor did not express much optimism either. Seated between an economist and an Argentine bishop at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences,
Brown leaned into his microphone and said, “It is despairing. Ending the world, ending all mammalian life. This is bad stuff.”
“There’s nothing that I see out there that gives me any ground for optimism,” he went on. Still, he promised action: “I’m extremely excited about doing something about it.”
Cool story bro, wanna get your own state out of debt before lecturing the rest of the world about how it’s ending?